Academic Immersion (AIM)

The 2023 session of AIM was a great success. Please check back on December 15 for details about next summer’s program and to submit an application. Sign up for an email reminder.

A 3-week program

Here’s your chance to do a deep dive into a subject that fascinates you. Picture this: three stimulating weeks on campus engaging in intensive study, with classmates who feel just as passionate about a single academic topic as you do. If you’re entering your junior or senior year of high school, we invite you to apply.

2024 AIM topics

Introduction to Experimental Psychology

Two students working on a laptop in a classroom - Introduction to Experimental PsychologyAIM: Introduction to Experimental Psychology combines classroom work in the psychological sciences with the experience of conducting research. You will learn to design and carry out your own research experiments under the supervision of Boston University instructors.

Introduction to Medicine

AIM: Introduction to Medicine is a premedical program that combines classroom work in the sciences with experiential learning activities that include simulations, lab work, and explorations of different medical fields.

Creative Writing

AIM: Creative Writing gives you the opportunity to develop your writer’s voice in a supportive, inspiring environment. You will learn formal techniques in multiple genres from seasoned instructors and participate in workshops that build confidence and sharpen skills. You will hear published authors discuss their craft, engage in free-write exercises, and visit important cultural centers around Boston. This exciting track is offered in partnership with BU’s renowned Creative Writing Program.


2024 AIM calendar

Introduction to Experimental Psychology

Residential begins June 30
Residential ends July 19
Commuter begins July 1
Commuter ends July 19

Introduction to Medicine & Creative Writing

Residential begins July 21
Residential ends August 9
Commuter begins July 22
Commuter ends August 9

Note: The dates listed above are pending approval and subject to change.

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The Big Picture

For three amazing weeks, you will reside in a college dorm in the heart of Boston, make new friends, enjoy lots of planned social activities, and gain valuable, hands-on experience in the field of medicine, psychology, or creative writing. Academic Immersion is open to both commuter and residential students.

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Zero In

If you’re an engaged, motivated high school student who wants to focus intensively on a specific subject for three weeks, AIM is for you. All AIM tracks combine classroom work and theoretical studies with practical applications and experiential activities including field trips, guest speakers, and group projects. In addition to experiencing college life, you’ll gain invaluable insight into potential career paths.The AIM tracks are open to residential and commuter students who are entering their junior and senior years of high school.

A Day in the Life

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How to Apply

Applications open on December 15.



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